Friday, July 8, 2016

Clarification on the Deferring of Indefinite Strike

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Clarification on the deferring of Indefinite Strike by Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers:-

Dear Comrades,

We are in receipt of messages and emails from our grass root leaders and workers conveying their concerns over the decision of NJCA to defer the indefinite strike. Comments are circulated in other social medias like whats app etc. also. As it is not practically possible to reply to all the queries and comments, to put the record straight, we are clarifying below the common points raised by most of our comrades and well-wishers. We sincerely thank all those leaders, comrades and well-wishers, who have conveyed (and still conveying) their views, opinions, criticisms and concerns to the confederation CHQ.

1.      CONVEYING THE DEFERMENT OF THE STRIKE EVEN BEFORE THE NJCA FORMALLY ANNOUNCED IT:

NJCA has taken serious note of this incident and shall take precautionary measures in future.

2.      WHETHER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CABINET DECISION ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE DELAYED FURTHER FOR FOUR MONTHS

The question of keeping in abeyance the implementation of the Cabinet decision on 29th June 2016 regarding 7thCPC recommendations, till the High Level Committee submits its report to Govt, was discussed in the NJCA meeting. It is decided that NJCA should not demand it, as the employees may be put to hardship, especially those who are in the verge of retirement. Com Shiv Gopal Misra, Convenor, NJCA has confirmed from the Finance Ministry that Govt notification on 7th CPC recommendations is under process and it will be issued shortly, payment may be made from August salary.

3.      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMPOWERED COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED EARLIER AND THE NEW HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE?

The new High Level Committee is the product of the discussion held by Group of Ministers including Home Minister, Finance Minister and Railway Minister with NJCA leaders after announcement of the Cabinet decision, in the wake of an impending indefinite strike. Govt is compelled to appoint the new Committee, as the decision taken by the Govt on the proposals submitted by the Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary (details of proposals of ECoS is not known to staff side) is not acceptable to the NJCA. Hence the new Committee shall be to reconsider the decision of the Govt. especially regarding minimum wage and fitment formula. Inspite of the assurance of the Groups of Ministers that the Committee is being constituted to reconsider the Govt. decision, if the Govt. again reject our demand, the NJCA have to reconsider its stand and deferred strike shall be revived.

4.      POSITION REGARDING ALLOWANCES

All allowances including HRA, transport allowance, fixed medical allowance to pensioners etc. are referred to a committee headed by Finance Secretary. Committee shall submit its report within four months. Pending final decision based on the report of the Committee, all existing allowances to be paid as per the existing rates in existing pay structure. Govt. may try to deny arrears of revised rate of allowances by implementing it from prospective date as in the past. This issue will be further discussed by the NJCA with the proposed Committee.

5.      WE WOULD HAVE GOT A BETTER SETTLEMENT IF NJCA HAS GONE AHEAD WITH THE INDEFINITE STRIKE

All of us are aware that NJCA is not a monolithic, composite organization. It is a united forum of independent organisation. Each Federation has its own identity and individuality and take decision as per the direction of the managing bodies of each organization. Hence different views may emerge in the NJCA, but final decision is taken by consensus. If each organization stick on to its own stand and others to follow it, there is no question of consensus and NJCA will not exist.

With all its inherent weakness and limitations, the NJCA has successfully challenged the NDA Govt’s stand that there is no negotiation with the staff side on the 7th CPC recommendations. Govt. thought that once the Cabinet decision is announced unilaterally, followed by unleashing of well-orchestrated media propaganda that big bonanza is given for Central Govt. Employees, the NJCA will be forced to withdraw its indefinite strike decision. But the calculation of the Govt went wrong. NJCA took a firm stand that unless and until the retrograde recommendations especially minimum wage and fitment formula is modified, there is no question of withdrawing the strike. All the Federations are firm on this demand which ultimately compelled the Hon’ble Prime Minister to intervene. (NJCA has written to Hon’ble Prime Minister for intervention even before the Cabinet decision, but the Govt. ignored the NJCA’s appeal at that time). As per the direction of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Sri Arun Jaitly and Railway Minister Sri Suresh Prabhu discussed the main issues raised in the Charter of demands with NJCA leaders, and assured that Govt. will appoint a High Level Committee to reconsider the decision of the Govt., especially on minimum pay and fitment formula. This assurance was given with the approval of Hon’ble Prime Minster.

Inspite of it, the NJCA has not deferred the strike and insisted written confirmation of the assurance regarding constitution of High Level Committee. Again Hon’ble Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh called the NJCA leaders and reiterated the earlier assurances and informed that the Finance Minister will issue a press statement confirming the assurance given to NJCA. Only after receipt of the copy of the press statement issued by the Finance Ministry, NJCA has deferred the strike till the finalization of the report of High Level Committee.

As the Hon’ble Prime Minister of  our country has intervened and as three Cabinet Ministers of Govt. of India discussed the demands with NJCA leaders and gave assurance that the demands, especially minimum pay and fitment formula will be reconsidered, and as the Home Minister has again reiterated the assurances to NJCA leaders and Finance Minster has issued press statement confirming the constitution of High Level Committee, the NJCA felt that before embarking upon an indefinite strike which is the last weapon in the hands of the workers, we should give time to the Govt. to implement the Minister’s assurances given as per the direction of the Prime Minister and honour its commitment given to NJCA leaders. NJCA taking a stand that we don’t believe the Ministers and their assurance and shall go ahead with the strike, may not be taken in good spirit by the general public and the media. In case the Govt. backs out from its assurances, the NJCA has got every right to revive the deferred indefinite strike.

Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convenor, NJCA has made it clear in the circular issued on 7th July 2016, which reads as follows: -

Though there is positive assurance from the Govt. of India, but all of you will not take rest and assume counseling the cadre and ground staff that they should remain in full preparedness, because if there will not be SATISFACTORY OUTCOME, we will be having no alternative except to agitate the issues again.”

6.      WHAT ABOUT PARITY IN PENSION? WILL IT BE IMPLEMENTED AS THERE IS A CLAUSE IN THE GOVT DECISION THAT THE PROPOSED COMMITTEE WILL EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OPTION No I, ie PARITY IN PENSION TO PAST PENSIONERS

This issue was raised before the Group of Minister by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, who is also the Secretary General of NCCPA (National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations). It was pointed out to the Finance Minister that even though the Govt. has decided to accept 7th CPC recommendation to have two options to pensioners, it is qualified with the words “subject to feasibility.” The Finance Minister categorically assured the delegation that the Govt. has accepted the recommendations in toto and the Pension Department has only been asked to sort out the difficulties in implementation of the Option-No-I, if any.

7.      WHAT ABOUR DEMANDS OF THE GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS, AS NJCA IS MORE CONCERNED WITH MINIMUM PAY FITMENT FORMULA ONLY

Any increase in the minimum pay and fitment formula for departmental employees (MTS, Postman & PA) will be extended to Gramin Dak Sevaks also proportionately as the GDS Pay Scales are decided based on the pay scales of corresponding category of departmental employees. So, the demand to increase minimum pay and fitment formula of MTS, Postman and PA is equally important for GDS also.

As regards, civil servant status the NJCA has raised this demand before the Govt and 7th CPC. Even though the 7th CPC Chairman, Retired Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur has informed the JCM staff side leaders he will not consider the GDS case as they are not included in the terms of reference of the Commission, the Chairman gave a very damaging recommendation to the Govt. that GDS are not Civil Servants but they are part – time employees and Extra-departmental agents. He further stated that all the GDS are having another main independent income from another source and GDS job is only a side-business. NJCA leaders have raised the issue of GDS before the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee and also before the Group of Ministers. We shall again raise the issue before the proposed high level committee also. Govt. has constituted a separate committee for GDS under the Chairmanship of Retired Postal Board Member Sri Kamalesh Chandra. NFPE, AIPEU-GDS and Confederation has submitted detailed memorandum before the Committee and Secretary General NFPE Com. R. N Parashar, General Secretary AIPEU-GDS Com, P. Panduranga Rao along with other leaders has given evidence before the GDS Committee demanding Civil Servant status. The GDS committee will submit its report before December 2016. Further NFPE and AIPEU-GDS has filed a case in the Supreme Court for grant of Civil Servant status. Supreme Court has transferred the case to Delhi High Court which in turn transferred it to Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal, Delhi. The final argument of the case will take place on 25th July 2016. NJCA, Confederation, NFPE and AIPEU – GDS are jointly trying their level best to get justice to three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department. If the GDS Committee report is against the GDS, then definitely NJCA and Confederation will be fully supporting the agitational programmes of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS including indefinite strike.

The main hurdle is the policy of the NDA Govt. as the Communication Minister of NDA Govt. has rejected our demand for grant of Civil Servant status to GDS.

  

M. KRISHNAN
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers
Mob: 09447068125

Thursday, July 7, 2016

After the meeting with the Home Minister yesterday by the NJCA and further developments leading to the issue of a Press Release from the Government of India, assuring consideration of the issues raised by the Staff Side relating to the pay scales and other recommendations of the Pay Commission by a High Level Committee, the NJCA has decided to defer the Indefinite Strike in the background of meetings with the Ministers and the assurance by the Government of India.  The Press releases are posted below:-




Although the Strike has been deferred but we got initial successes.  We are successful in terms that a large portion of the population of the country was under the propaganda of the government that the CG employee has got bonanza, now believes that the Government has not provided anything to its employee. Now the majority of the population, which  were unaware of the issues impacting the government employees, understand the difficulties, issues and problems faced by the CG employees.  Thanks to the media coverage that brought attention to the issues of the CG employee  and Government's failure.
The second success is the unity demonstrated by our members across the country, which played a crucial role in pressurizing government.  This call of Strike, so far may be termed as successful and will be proved a milestone towards success in the coming months. On this occasion, we would like to thank all our members for the unity and strength provided to the organization.  We must thank our all office bearers for working day and night for the preparation of the strike.  We also thank all office bearers and members of the Confederation for support and historic unity.
At last, we appeal our members to be vigil and stay prepared for the upcoming challenges.
Eid Mubarak to all.
LONG LIVE UNITY,
LONG LIVE AICEIA.

Yours fraternally,
Abhishek Kamal
SG, AICEIA.

Friday, July 1, 2016

INDEFINITE STRIKE IS INEVITABLE

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My Dear Members of AICEIA,

The Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC and two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and other for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months.  It is the mockery by this mighty and haughty government that the demands of majority of central government employees, including Central Excise Inspectors, have not been considered by the government.


In a recent development, the NJCA had a discussion with the Government of India yesterday over certain demands contained in the common Charter of Demands.   The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration. The NJCA is waiting for communication in the regard from the government.  The NJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00 hrs in New Delhi, for taking appropriate decision.
My dear members, non-acceptance of our genuine demands is the historic blunder created by the present government.  So, we also have to show them our historic unity and strength.  Today, we feel proud to declare that the government has no alternative if we stop our work.  The system will collapse if we stop working, as we work in almost all the sectors spread under the area of Central Excise, Service Tax and Customs.  This government has  willfully ignored our demands and propagated 7th CPC as a fortune for us.  It is completely unacceptable.  So, by way of this historic strike, we will make the government understand that they cannot neglect us and deprive us from basic rights. We must go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, which will start from 06:00 AM on 11th July, 2016.

Friends, we have to conclude our  massive preparation in this short period of time.  Please prepare hard and be in regular touch with the leaders and office bearers of the Circle/Branch of AICEIA. In case of any need, feel free to contact the local office bearers as well as the National Office Bearers of AICEIA, whose mobile numbers and email Ids are mentioned in this link:-
http://aiceia.blogspot.in/p/contact-us.html

LET US FIGHT UNITEDLY TO FORCE THE NDA GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT OUR GENUINE AND JUSTIFIED DEMANDS ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS.

LONG LIVE UNITY,
LONG LIVE AICEIA.

Yours fraternally,
Abhishek Kamal
SG, AICEIA.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Poster of "Indefinite Strike from 11/07/2016"

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NEW COMMITTEE OF AICEIA

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Dear Comrades,

The following new set of office bearers has been elected in the XIXth Convention of the AICEIA, held on the 24th & 25thJune 2016 in Shillong:-

Post
Name
Circle/Branch
President
Anupam Neeraj
West Bengal
Working President
Arun Kumar A.
Kerala
Secretary General
Abhishek Kamal
Patna, Bihar
Assistant Secretary General
Anubhuti Chaterjee
West Bengal
Liaison Secretary
Rananjay Pratap Singh
Rajkot, Gujarat
Organizing Secretary
Rajesh Kumar
Patna, Bihar
Vice President (North)
K K Kushwaha
Lucknow, UP
Vice President (South)
Rabish Chandra
Coimbatore, TN
Vice President (East)
Smarjit Bandhyopadhyay
West Bengal
Vice President (West)
Malge Vishal Vithal
Pune, Maharashtra
Vice President (Central)
Praveen Prabhakar
Patna, Bihar
Joint Secretary (North)
Alok Kumar Shukla
Meerut, UP
Joint Secretary (South)
Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Kerala
Joint Secretary (East)
Bijoy Basumatary
Guwahati, Assam
Joint Secretary (West)
Abhishek Singh
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Joint Secretary (Central)
Narendra Singh Naruka
Indore, MP
 *Treasurer and Office Secretary will be nominated soon.

We congratulate all the members of AICEIA, posted across the country, for their dedication and devotion towards the  AICEIA and thank the members of Shillong Circle for organizing the wonderful Convention.

All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association is the largest Staff Association under Central Board of Excise & Customs, which has been formed with the objectives to safeguard the rights and interests of the cadre. In recent times, the government failed to provide the rights and justice to the cadre and even tried to increase inequalities among the Inspectors, on zonal basis.  Hence, the unrest and dissatisfaction amongst the Inspectors are brewing. The growing discontentment amongst the Inspectors has already been sensed by the authorities but the results are yet to come.  We are very much hopeful that this New Committee of  AICEIA will force the authorities to redress the concerns of the Cadre.  Our main concern is also to building a more strong and robust organization.  A strong organization would strengthen our morale and send stronger signals in the power corridor.  Thus, all the members of AICEIA, are requested to help the AICEIA with full devotion and co-operation, so that we can bring justice for the cadre.

Long Live Unity,
Long Live AICEIA.

Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
Abhishek kamal
SG, AICEIA


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NON-SUBMISSION OF THE INFORMATION BY THE UNITS

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As you are aware of the ensuing Convention of AICEIA is going to be held at Shillong on 24th and 25th June 2016. At this juncture, we want to make it clear again that Some forms (as Annexure to the Notice of the Convention)  were supplied to all Branches (and even posted at www.aiceia.blogspot.in) to get the performance of all units recorded and reviewed. Unfortunately, it  has not met with much success. Even the due-position of the Central Committee could not be compiled properly, because units neither paid their dues on time nor submitted information about their memberships.  The Units even not supplied the copies of their DDO certificates. As you know that the Recognition of AICEIA is going to end in the year 2017, it is essential that DDO Certificates be compiled from all zones and to be submitted to the Board on time.

It is a very sorry state of affairs that despite so much pursuance by the national body, only 2-3 Units have provided the requisite Data with DDO certificates, till date.  Further, it may be noted that the Voting Rights of Units (in the Shillong Convention) shall be determined and decided on this basis. Dear Comrades, many zonal office bearers are busy in discussing unnecessary things and preaching long sermons  at social platforms but forget to work towards the basic things, which they have been assigned by the cadre.  Hence, the General Members in each formation are also requested to contact their Unit office bearers and ensure that the needful is done in this regard within the specified time frame so that the proper representation or the franchise of the unit does not suffer  on account of   negligence of any office –bearer.

Long Live Unity,
Long Live AICEIA.

Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
Abhishek kamal
SG, AICEIA